On donaldjtrump.com, Trump writes

For many years, Mexico’s leaders have been taking advantage of the United States by using illegal immigration to export the crime and poverty in their own country (as well as in other Latin American countries). They have even published pamphlets on how to illegally immigrate to the United States.

The page contains a link to this NY times article I was also able to find this PDF apparently containing pictures from the manual and some translations, as well as some other political rhetoric.

Is this a real manual published by the Mexican Government?

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This manual appears to be an authentic manual published by the Mexican government. A translation of its contents can be found here (American source) and here (Mexican source). The pamphlet does appear to describe methods to illegally immigrate to the US and methods to avoid getting arrested once in the US, although it nominally discourages such action.

That being said, the manual is rather scanty on details, and mainly consists of (very) general ideas on what to avoid in order to reduce the risk of death. Therefore, it seems that the manual was chiefly intended as a method to reduce death rather than as a method to export migrants.

A copy of the manual was created by the right wing organisation CFIF, which cited the original address of the manual on the Mexican government webpage.

This page has since been taken down. The Wayback Machine has however archived their information, and it can be viewed there.

Therefore, we can conclude that the Mexican government did in fact publish such a pamphlet, at least on their website. Given such a fact, it is not a stretch to conclude that they also published the pamphlet in hard copy, although I have no better sources than the NY Times article for this claim.

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    This looks more like advises how not to die in the river/desert and not to get shot or abused by border patrol/police... definitely not a guide how to illegally cross border. Commented Aug 23, 2015 at 22:54
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    -1: "does appear to describe methods to illegally immigrate to the US and methods to avoid getting arrested once in the US" — nope, it describes dangers of entering illegally and explicitly advises to not attempt resisting arrests.
    – vartec
    Commented Aug 24, 2015 at 20:20
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    @vartec he says the article has both ways to get into the US, as well as methods to AVOID getting arrested, your down-vote is about resisting arrest, resisting /= avoiding. Also showing pointing out which ways are dangerous to enter, as well as pointing out safer or less dangerous alternatives, IS essentially informing you of ways in which to enter the US.
    – Himarm
    Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 20:49
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    @vartec the US doesn't outline the safest ways to smuggle drugs, this article tells you what to do, when performing an illegal action, "If you get lost follow utility poles, railroad tracks or furrows." "If you decide to use the services of a "pollero", "coyote" or "patero" to cross the border, consider the following precautions to take: Don't let him out of your sight; remember that he's the only one that knows the terrain and therefore is the only one that can guide you safely."
    – Himarm
    Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 21:07
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    I think the discussion is going off topic, while it is likely the government intended it as a safety measure, it nevertheless describes the methods themselves as well as methods to avoid arrest. Any alleged malicious intent is incidental to the publishing, and is unrelated to the question which was asking whether the guide was authentic, which has been shown rather conclusively.
    – March Ho
    Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 3:10

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